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Master of Applied Linguistics - MAppLing

This course is available

Online, On-Campus

Level of Study

Master's Degree


180 credit hours

Next start date

Expected Jul 2024


Kelburn Campus


Develop your knowledge and expertise in Applied Linguistics, and design research projects related to your own professional needs and interests.

Dive into the research

In the MAppLing, you’ll explore a wide range of topics in Applied Linguistics, including how to carry out research on topics related to using, learning, and teaching second and additional languages.

Topics include how language shapes identity, how language knowledge is structured in the lexicon, how theoretical accounts of language acquisition inform pedagogical practice, and how to assess competence in a second or additional language.

World-class programme

The University's Applied Linguistics programme is highly regarded worldwide. It has a strong international orientation that reflects New Zealand’s unique position in the Asia–Pacific region. Our graduates have gone on to teach English and work in educational leadership roles in New Zealand and around the globe.

The MAppLing programme builds on the legacy of sixty years of graduate TESOL and Applied Linguistics education at Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington.

Staff teaching in the programme are internationally recognised researchers. They draw on their extensive experience as language teachers and teacher educators to bridge the gap between research, theory, and teaching practice.

Entry criteria

To be accepted into this programme you will need to meet:

A Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent qualification) with at least a B average in Linguistics, English Language, Education, or a language other than English. Consideration may be given if you have relevant professional experience equivalent to a Bachelor’s degree

At least two years of professional experience in language education or a related field. Applicants without relevant experience will be considered on a case-by-case basis and may be expected to complete bridging courses.

To be accepted by the Head of School as capable of proceeding with the proposed course of study.

Proof of English proficiency

To be accepted into this programme you will need to meet one of the following:

IELTS: minimum overall score of 6.5 with no sub-score below 6.0

TOEFL: minimum score of 90 for the internet-based test with a minimum of 20 in writing

Pearson Test of English: minimum score of 58 (with a ‘Communicative’ score of not less than 50)

EPP: minimum final scores of 4,4,5,5

Application deadlines: Trimester 1 - 1 Dec; Trimester 2 - 1 May and Trimester 3 - 1 Sep.

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